2010 November 5

A Glorious Evening at Ralph's

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(NEW YORK) Artist, actress, heiress, decorator, famed denim designer—is there anything Gloria Vanderbilt can’t do? The ridiculously chic 86-year-old was fêted last night at Ralph Lauren’s new Madison Avenue women’s store as she and Wendy Goodman signed copies of The World of Gloria Vanderbilt, a new book about Vanderbilt’s impeccably-decorated homes, penned by Goodman with a foreword by Vanderbilt’s son Anderson Cooper. Sarah Jessica Parker, Uma Thurman, and Camilla Belle were just a few of the many chicsters that dropped by Ralph’s new mecca to sip champagne and pick up a tome.

“I love her sense of style,” said Kelly Ripa. “It’s always been about fashion with Gloria, and she really infuses all of that into her homes.” As far as her own decorating mantras? “My husband is my best decorating tip!” she laughed “He has such a good eye and he did everything in our apartment.” Hubby Mark Consuelos was modest about the praise: “I know where to put the ceilings and the walls, and I don’t want to see any air conditioning vents or pipes,” he shrugged. “That’s it.”

“My friend Lara Spencer, the host of The Insider, just redid my house,” said Kathy Griffin of her own decorating travails. “I called the theme I’m a Gay Man Going Through a Midlife Crisis in Palm Springs Looking for a Twink for the Night But I Don’t Want Him to Stay Over. That’s the new decorating theme. And that’s what she did! There are pops of chartreuse—whatever that is,” she laughed. “I think that’s a green? I have an appreciation for a decorating aesthetic, I just can’t do it myself.”

Of course, no Gloria Vanderbilt gathering is complete without a discussion of her famous jeans. “My first pair of Gloria Vanderbilt jeans were green velvet,” revealed Ripa. “That was 1978!” The evening’s other Gloria, Gloria Steinem (who arrived with new BFF Griffin), was equally nostalgic about the blues. “I’m sorry she stopped making them!” she said. “They fit great; they were perfect. For a long time in that era, people would tell me they liked my jeans. They thought it was my line!”

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